Infective rhinitis or acute rhinitis may be due to a variety of different organisms. Typically, there are three phases.
- Dry prodromal phase - symptoms of chills, headache, fatigue and loss of appetite
- Catarrhal phase - begins a few hours later, with watery nasal secretion, obstruction, anosmia and lacrimation
- Mucous phase - after a few days, secretions thicken and gradually regress.
Infection is caused by a rhinovirus. More than 100 types have been isolated, belonging to the Picorna group.
There is no specific treatment, and all treatments are symptomatic treatments.
- Steam inhalation